Our lives are hectic, filled with to-do lists, errands, and deadlines. Personally, I can barely finish one task before I’m already thinking about the next one. The day flies by and I have hardly taken five minutes to relax and be in the moment. At night time, it doesn’t get any better: I’m kept awake by rushing thoughts of looming tasks, and wondering when I will be able to fit them into my schedule.
With all this chaos, I felt like I was reaching a breaking point. That’s when a friend suggested I start practicing mindfulness, a type of meditation on the go for those who don’t have the time or patience for traditional meditation.
Mindfulness is a state of active attention in the present moment. No matter what you are doing: the dishes, cleaning, working, or on a bus ride, when you are mindful, you are awakened to the experience of living in the present moment. You are not judging your thoughts or feelings; you’re just letting them pass through you and not hanging on to them.
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HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS Concentrate on what you are doing. Don’t allow thoughts about future events to enter your mind or stay there for long. Focus on the task at hand and breathe deeply. Try focusing on simple, everyday things to practice being in the now.If you are in pain, allow yourself to feel it. Hold your hand to your heart and be compassionate towards yourself. Feel whatever you have to feel, even if it is painful. Don’t brush it off or judge yourself as weak. Mindfulness is about trying to see yourself objectively. Psychology Today mentions that Buddha taught that the source of suffering is our attempt to escape from our direct experience. In other words, we cause ourselves more suffering by trying to get away from pain and attempting to hang on to pleasure.